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And the Winners were:National Book ,Pulitzer Prize and Orange Award Winners

Here are the 2010 winners of:

National Book Awards:

Fiction: "Lord Of Misrule" Jaimy Gordon

Nonfiction:"Just Kids" by Patti Smith

Fiction YA: "Mockingbird"by Kathryn Erskine

Poetry:"Lighthead" by Terrence Hayes

Pulitzer Prize:

Fiction:"Tinkers" by Paul Harding

Nonfiction:"The Deadhand:The Untold Story of the Cold Arms Race" by David E.Hoffman

Poetry: "Versed' by Rae Armantrout

Orange Awards:
"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver
"The Boy Next Door" by Irene Sabatina (New Writer)

For more info about these awards :
National Book Awards
Pulitzer Prize
Orange Awards

Here's another challenge you may like:2nds Challenge

Good morning folks I couldn't resist this challenge because I feel a compulsive need to compare
an authors previous work to the current book.  However I am going for "Just a spoonful" which is
3 books and I should be able to fit this in with the rest of the challenges this year I really feel this will
get me to read more of the books I really enjoy this year(world literature,urban christian,mysteries
a little less suspense this year well maybe).  Stay tuned I am going to post Some books that won the National book awards,Pulitzer prizes and The Orange Awards

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler

The Mysterious Bookshop is considered the oldest and largest bookshop dedicated to mysteries.  Otto Penzler,founder and owner, started collecting books when he was in his 20's ,while working
as a copy boy at the Daily News.Out of the $37 dollars a week he would set aside $5 dollars for books.
(I applaud you I don't think I could set aside 10-12% of my income on books!)  In addiction to the book, he
publishes about 6 mysteries a year under Otto Penzler Books(an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)  he has
won 2 Edgar Awards one for "Encyclopedia of Mystery &Detection" which he edited with Chris Steinbrunner,
in 1977 and this past April for "The Lineup:The World's Greatest Crime Writers tell The Inside Story of their Greatest Detectives."  So even though he had to sell 2500 out of the 58,000 books first edition books that he owns,I still say he's doing pretty darn good for someone who spent part of his childhood without a tv!
I thought this book …

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Good morning fellow addicts!  Thank you for taking out time of you busy
holiday schedule to post here.  A few things:

Grab my button out of the sidebar

I forgot to mention if you won any awards, or would like to mention something going on in
your local area as well as long as it's book related that's fine

Have fun!

Book Review:My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was born October 26,1945 in Atlanta,Georgia to an air fighter pilot and
a southern beauty whose embarrassment over not finishing college would become the driving need
for her to encourage her kids to read and  for herself to"outread her generation".  His first book"The Boo"
while attending Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Conroy decided to write
from a more personal experience with the publication of "The Great Santini"  which was based upon the
abuse that he suffered at the hands of his father while growing up.  Pat Conroy paid the ultimate sacrifice
as a writer, while receiving alot of accolades in the literary world, it would cost him his first marriage and
possibly that of his parents. There are relatives that ,to this day, won't speak to him because of this book,but
he did what any writer would do , they press forward.  The Lord's of Discipline was published in 1980,Prince of
Tides was published in 1986 …

Book Review:Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer fans can rejoice.  This book is the perfect follow up to "Battlefield of the Mind" but  if you haven't read it you can still benefit  from reading this because:
Part I of the book lays down the foundation for why it would benefit you to change your negative thinking
she gives concrete facts in conjunction with scripture.   Chapter 2 Teach your mind to work for you, she introduces the concept of  having more control over your thoughts . For example:"According to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, thinking positively may result in the following health benefits:

Decreased negative stressGreater resistance to catching the common coldA sense of well being and improved healthreduced risk of coronary artery diseaseEasier breathing if you have certain lung diseases such as emphysemaImproved coping  ability for women with high risk pregnanciesBetter coping skills during hardships.Chapter 3  More Power to You
page 46"....The greatest weapon you and I have is the …

Friday Link ups :Book Blog News,Postal Thursdays and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews-

If you would like to post links back to your book blog,book review,giveaways etc.... see the post below this one.
I believe the question over at Crazy-For-books is Which is more important plot or character?(I will go back and check and edit accordingly)   For me I feel character development ,especially for a work of fiction is crucial .It is the one determing  factor of whether I will actually finish the book.  I use to feel obligated to "tough it out" and read  on anyway.  But since I started blogging last year and have been blessed to read so
many good books in various genres, I really don't have the patience for character that is poorly developed .
A good example was "Alibi" by Terri Woods. For some reason the author felt the need  to go back and look
at the main character's mother's life but not  the main character!  She literally skipped birth,childhood,the
teenage years and went right into her adult life as a stripper!  Since I had no reason to f…

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Good afternoon fellow addicts if you are looking for the place to link up your book blog, book reviews,giveaways,challenges, memes, then this the place.  Just a few things

1.Grab my button on the sidebar

2.  a worded link such as is fine

3.  If you would like to list the genres you review this is ok also .  As long as it's book related and
family friendly then it's ok

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Good Morning fellow addicts ! It's that time of the week again to share what's going on at your neck
of the  bloggy woods.  If you have a giveaway, a meme that you participate in , a fun challenge you found,
as long as it's book related you may post    Just a few things:

1. Grab my button from the sidebar.

2. a worded link in the post is acceptable(I.e

3.  I didn't think I had to say this but if it isn't book related I will be forced to delete it .  Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can stop by your blog.

Friday Link Ups:Book Blog News,Crazy-for-Books,The Literary hop, and Chrissie's Radiant Reviews

Good morning fellow book lovers!Don't forget to post links to your Book blog, giveaways,memes, the
post below this one.(Book Blog News)

The Question over at is "What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere
did you not enjoy and how did  you feel about posting your  review?
I couldn't think of any books at first then "Alibi" by Terri Woods I was sorely disappointed that the author
was relying on violence and sex to sell the book.   The main character is a stripper who helps give an alibi to
a thug who murdered someone, which was a great premise but we spent more  time on her antics as a stripper than the actual storyline.  I felt a little  hesitant at first to post my review because this author has sold
alot of these types of books and I was still in that"I -dont-want-to-offend anyone-stage"  Then I thought  about how I would hate it if someone actual bought that book and I was not completely honest so I went ahead …

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Good afternoon fellow addicts I apologize for being late I am  running errands and this. So welcome and I would
like to thank everybody that took time out of their busy week to link up here I do appreciate it.
I only ask for a few things:

1.Grab my button in the sidebar.

2.  A worded link in your post is ok (I know how crowded things get )

3.I have a lot of space for you guys to tell us what's going on at your blog so please feel free to put
genres you review, your latest book review, book challenge you may do next year anything book related as
long as it's family friendly I am open(just don't post more than once because I will be forced to delete it)
Have fun

And the winner is Sapphire Reads and Debbie(running the Books) and New Contest

Congradulations Debbie and Sapphire please email me your address to I am giving away 2 copies of this book the following rules apply:

1 .You must be a follower of the  blog to win a copy.

2. U.S residents only.

3.  Leave a good email address in  the comment section of this post so I can reach you faster.
Don't forget you only have 48 hours to respond( or I pick someone else from this comment section)
Thanks for playing!

How sweet Thanks Carolina(Writin block)

Thanks Carolina fromWrite with me was so kind to give me this award make sure you check her blog out. Even thought I've won this before it still feels good to get it .  I believe I am suppose to mention 7 things about  myself and give this to 15 people.   I will try to give this award to 15 people I haven't given this ,too.   Since I want time to think about who that should be I will come back and add their links to this post .(So don't be surprised if the list has grown).  I am a pretty transparent  person (On my other blog ) so it shouldn't be hard to think of   7 things you don't know about me.  For example:
1.  I use to love watching Speed Racer as a kid.
2.I have learned to cook Asian food because I think the Chinese buffets by my house are terrible!
3.One of my favorite books as a kid was Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass it's the only book I've read more than once.
4.I am happily  addicted to coffee.
5.  A Good day for me involves reading, a…

First Ever Guest Post:Richard Sanders Author of "The Seventh Compass of Death"

How I kicked Drugs by writing by Ricard Sanders

    People who know me know my consumption of chemicals was pretty robust at one time.
Shooting crystal meth(1 1/2 years),dropping acid(200+times),smoking pot(daily,for years),
drinking alcohol(daily, for many ,many years)I had a nice mind-mess going ,and despite a little time in jail for the
sale of some of the above named substances,I had no intention of stopping.

    At one point during these early  years I decided I wanted to direct movies and videos, so I went to NYU
Film School. One of the mandatory courses  was Screenwriting 101.  I begged to get out of it-I had no talent
for telling stories-but mandatory is mandatory.  If you write, especially if you write fiction, you probably know
what happened the first time I tried to create something.  Even if you just read fiction, you know what I experienced
a kind of mesmerizing dream state, a kind of alchemical, mind-melting trance.  The blogger Laurel Marchfield
has a good post on writi…

Crazy-For-books and Book blog news

Good morning fellow addicts I am still recovering from all that ham, Key lime pie etc...
If you are looking to post a link to your book blog, reviews,memes,giveaways, challenges then check out the post below this one(Book blog news) it's your opportunity tell us what's going on at your blog.

The question over at Crazy for books hop is what is your favorite book cover I was visiting other blogs to see if there was something I liked since I haven't had my morning coffee it's taking me alot longer  to make a decision so I'll just put atleast 3 of my favorites
I have "Shangai Girls" I haven't got a chance to read it yet I am trying to catch up some reviews but the other two may be apart of the Outdo yourself challenge , of course I haven't decided yet.

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Good morning  and happy holidays my fellow book addicts if you are looking to post links back to your blog,book reviews, giveaaways, memes, challenges etc... you are at the right place.  A few things

1. Grab my button in the side bar or this post.

2,  A worded link in your post is fine ( i.e.

3 .  As long as it's family  friendly  and book related you may post ( and you may include the types of books you review for example www.bookaddict4real(Adult lit, Christian and mysteries)

Contest Giveaway 2 copies of "Running the Books" by Avi Steinberg

I did not forget I just got through putting my stuffing in the crock pot .

without further babbling.

1.You must be a follower of this blog to win a copy.

2.U. S residents only.

3.Please leave  an email in  the comment section of this post so I can speed up the process also let me know how you found out about the contest(I. e Book blogs ning, good reads, crazy- for -books etc....)

This book is also linked to

For Postal Thursdays I did get "Running the Books " in the book to be reviewed  this fits under the literary nonfiction we talked about last week at the Literary Hop( which I will be taking part in next week )

Velocity by Alan Jacobson

For those of you that are n't familiar with Alan Jacobson, this is a Karen Vail  novel so this is a part of a series.  The first thing that came to mind was Maggie O'Dell character(Alex Kava's character from Damaged),but trust me when I tell you the only similarity is that they are both female and work for the FBI!  Karen Vail's character is definitely tougher  with more "grit" if you will.Her boyfriend Robby Hernandez has been kindapped.Girfriend must be in love or sprung because  she had no problem going toe to toe with her boss so she could stay on the case.(Dont't worry ladies she quickly realized her bills wouldn't get paid without
a job and allowed herself to be put on another case.)Meanwhile, the Crush Killer a.k.a John Mayfield has
been caught but was shot while in custody by Detective Ray Lugo and had be put in a coma by the doctors.
Detective Lugo was killed by one of the ricochet bullets.His wife ,Merilynn Lugo won't say anything until …

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Could a well respected man, a lawyer with a wife and child literally get up one day and walk away?      tI don't mean a  baby-I-found-someone else type of walking away . Could he have a "disease"
that would force him to walk against his will? Could he have this condition that doctors can't even explain?One that's not a mental issue?  Ok that last question was a bit of a stretch but go with me here.  On the surface of the story it seems plausible first.,but it's the wife's reaction  to the situation ,the willingness to pick him up at all hours of the night,the moments of debating on whether or not to stay or get out while she can,it's all these things that pull you in and convince you that it's really happening.By the time I am thoroughly convinced it is some illness I've never heard of before  the story takes a turn  in the last 1/4 of the book.That
and the indeterminate ending left me etertained but a little unsatisfied.  The writer…

Book Blog News:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc right here

Hello fellow book addicts! If you are looking to post links to your blog,giveaways,book reviews,memes,etc..
Then look no further!
A few things:

a)Grab my button in the sidebar.

b) A worded link in your post is acceptable as well(I.e.

c)Have fun!

Totally Postal Thursdays Drown by Junot Diaz

I go this little beauty in the mail just the other day from Amazon.  So now I forgive them for
messing up the order in the first place.    I was going to include this in the Orbus Terrarum Challenge  but it's probably too late, so I may roll it over to a TBR Challenge in 2011.It's killing me not to read it.... well I did
read a few pages and I had to really stop myself because I still go some books to review but yeah me I finally got it!  I will post the Contest on Wed 11/24/10 and the deadline won't be until Nov 30th since people ,like
me will be overeating next week ,I decided to allow for extra time.

New Winner for Velocity

I haven't heard from my contest winner so I had to pull another winner
nfmgirl you won please contact me clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com.
You only have 48 hours to respond thanks for your cooperation

Crazy-for-books and The Literary Hop

Dont forget you can post links to your book blog,reviews, giveaways,etc...In the post below this one
I am giving away  2 copies of "Power Thoughts" by Joyce Meyer (2 post down) and the Review for "Miles From Nowhere" by Nami Mun is below that .   Geez  Louise I need to organize my time!
Without further babbling:
It's that time of the week again and this week's question comes from The Paperback Princess  "If you find a book that is interesting but is a part of a series , do you always start with the first title?"  Back in the day when the Bookmobile use to come to my elementary school I use to read everything in the Nancy Drew series or the Beverly Cleary  books about Ramona .(I realize I give away my age when I write things like this!)
I tried to follow along with "The Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket when my oldest was in like the 6th or 7th grade but what I 've come to realize that unless it's James Patterson'…

Book Blog news:Post links to your Book blog,book reviews,giveaways,memes,etc..

Hello fellow book lovers! If you 're looking  to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes, giveaways
or other book related news then you have come to the right place.

Grab my button

A worded link is acceptable( I.e

Have fun!

Winner of Velocity ,New Contest and Postal Thursday

congradulations Grig you won the book Please email me at clsherrard(dot)bookaddict(at)gmail(dot)com
I tried to reach you on your email but please contact me within 48 hours.

New Contest: 2 copies of "Power Thoughts"by Joyce Meyer
the rules:
1. You must be a follower of this blog.
2. Open to U.S and Canada residents
3.  Please leave your email address in the comment section of this post so I can reach you quicker
and let me know how you found out about the contest (ie Twitter, Good Reads,etc...)

Don't forget to stop tommrow for Postal Thursdays.   Every week
we talk about what we got in the mail , I got "Power Thoughts " by Joyce Meyer which is the follow up
to "Battlefield of the Mind"   .  Stop by tommrow night  to link up your book blog,book reviews,memes etc...

Book review:Miles from No Where(orbus terrarum challenge)

Synopsis:Rather than face the aftermath of her parent's divorce and her mother's fragile mental state  ,Joon, decides to face life on the mean streets of the Bronx,Ny.Even in the 1980's this proves
to be a  near fatal mistake.  Among the many accolades this book received ,it was shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers in April 2009.
About the Orange Award:The Orange Award was started by a committee of men and women in the publishing industry that wanted to bring attention to women writers who were often overlooked.  Four original committe members are still deeply involved,Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Project Director Harriet Hastings,publisher Susan Sandon,agent Jane Gregory ,Honary Director and author Kate Mosse.  The first prize was awarded to Helen Dunmore for "A spell of Winter".  Diana Evans was awarded the first Orange Award for New Writers in 2005.
My overall impression:  I loved  every second of reading this book!  It has the amount of imagery…

No rules Saturday blog hop

I found this hop over at Book blog ning  it sounds interesting . My answer for the question over at the blue bookcase(You can click the buttons to visit them)  "What makes a book literary?   For me a book has to have a strong use of imagery and good use of plot.  For example "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison,The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos and my new favorite "Miles from Nowhere" by Nami Mun
which won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2009.(I will have the review for this next week).Another quality which I think is important but not mandatory is that after reading it you are forced to think differently
about not only the characters but ,at the risk of sounding really corny here,life itself.If anyone is stopping by from either of these hops leave a comment and I will stop by to visit you! Until we meet again .
cheryl aka bookaddict4real

Friday Link ups;Radiant Reviews,Crazy-for-books and Postal Thursdays

Don't forget to post links to your book blog,book reviews,memes,giveaways, the post below!

I feel like I am trying to make up for lost time!  Chrissie's Blog she has a weekly meme called Radiant Reviews which I enjoy because it's trying to promote the Book Reviews we do which sometimes get overlooked.  One of my favorite reviews I did was the "The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.  He won the Pulizter Prize for this book in 2008 I believe.  His characters resonated with me deeply  long after I finished the book I also felt like I learned alot  about the Dominican Republic which is a bonus.I would highly recommend this book.(For the full review of this book see the Dec 21 2009 post)  Now on to Crazy-For-Books  I believe the question was how do you feel when you lose a follower?   I am going to be totally transparent here the first time it happened it bothered me alot!  I had just posted a review on a Christian book and that same day I lost …